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A Flaxborough Find,
This review is from: Coffin Scarcely Used (Paperback)
Coffin Scarcely Used is set in Flaxborough, an outwardly respectable seaport with a seamy underbelly. It opens stiflingly, with a small funeral on a curtain-twitching street in a curtain-twitching English town.
`Considering that Mr Harold Carobleat had been in his time a town councillor of Flaxborough, a justice of the peace, a committeeman of the Unionist Club, and, reputedly, the owner of the town's first television aerial, his funeral was an uninspiring affair.'
Coffin was the first of 13 Flaxborough novels by Colin Watson, now back in print thanks to Faber Finds. Inspector Purbright, assisted by the slightly hapless Sergeant Love, investigate the odd death of a local newspaper proprietor, in the process uncovering corruption and sleaze in an ostensibly blameless seaside town. Watson is a funny writer, and manages to end on a punchline, but the wit has a real barb.